Whats the most tired you have ever been?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by D.Tibbitt, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. HillbillyDeluxeTruck

    HillbillyDeluxeTruck Road Train Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    San Antone
    2 times. 1 in a truck, 1 on my Harley.

    Harley one was before I got my CDL. I was going through a divorce, so I was basically newly single. Started the day at 7am riding 50some miles to my buddies house so we could go riding for the day. Did about 120mi, stopped a few times for a couple beers. Got back to his house, showered and then we headed out with his wife and other buddy to a local bar. I met a cute girl who was with the band. We left for another bar, which was dead so back to the 1st one. Friends ended up leaving and I stayed with the girl. Leave the bar with the band about 2am for a house party. Her and I end up in the bathroom for some fun time, then about 5am she takes me back to my buddies where my motorcycle is and my buddys house is locked up like ft knox. I decide screw it, Im headed home. About 15mi from home Im runnin an FM road that has a few long straights and some 90 deg turns. I realize its almost 7am and he sun is comin up. I kept telling myself to just break it up in 5mi increments. Well one of the long straights, I had come around the corner and almost 2mi later I jerk myself awake when my hand slips off the throttle and I was going 30mph, heading right at the ditch at the next corner. I quickly grabbed the throttle and rolled through the curve trying to calm myself from the surge if adrenaline, which was enough to keep me awake for the rest of the ride. Got home, parked and hit my bed still fully clothed. Woke up that afternoon fuzzy about how I got there until I thought about it for a few.

    In a truck I was running part of a boom and maybe a counterweight for a crane from San Antonio to Denver area. Another driver had my stepdeck and I had the flatbed. He had picked up the crane parts and dropped it at our yard. I hooked up and rolled out of SA about 10am iirc. My boss said "run upto Amarillo, take your 10 and then run into Denver from there, but take such and such route north, them run west into Denver. I get to Amarillo later in the afternoon, park grab some food and make some calls. About an hour after I park, boss calls and says "if I pay you an extra $250 can you run that load straight through and have it there 1st thing?" yea screw it. I grab a quick nap and head out. The route he told me to take took me for friggin ever. Basically north through Dumas to Lamar, over to La Junta then N at Rocky Ford to Limon then W into Denver. I ran until I realized I couldn't remember the last 15 or 20mi when I pulled into a Walmart parking lot. I called it quits and was like "f this, Im not killing myself running illegal for this Fwad". Left out about 7am the next morning with a broker blowing up my phone screaming at me how I was 3 days late and the crane was supposed to be gone 4 days ago, blah blah blah. Rolled in there and found out I was a day early. Broker called as I was unloading and it was the only time Ive ever threatend a broker with violence, and being a female at that. She had even had another broker call me when I was like 15min away so I told him I was broke down on I70 in the middle of traffic at such and such exit. He just went silent and finally said "oh man this is bad, this is so bad" with a shakey voice lol. I finally told him "actually Im less than 15min away, but if you f'ers dont stop calling me, I'm going to find somewhere to park until you do. He said sorry, hung up and then as I was unloading the other ###### calls me again. Thats when I layed into her about lying to me.

    That was one of my learning experiences that brokers will lie about the dumbest stuff to get their freight moved.

    Sorry about the long winded X1esque post.
  2. Intothesunset

    Intothesunset Road Train Member

    Apr 15, 2019
    Saw a black dog or black deer one night?
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  3. NightTruck3R

    NightTruck3R Bobtail Member

    Jul 14, 2019
    i remember..going east on i-40 through amarillo..had a 1200 mile trip. I had gotten some good rest but as my name says..im a night driver & we all know in between the hours of 12am - 6am..the body is asking for sleep. I slowly began to doze of from the boredness of the nightly road..i began smacking myself to stay up..couldn’t quite keep it there..after almost 2hours of fighting my sleep i finally pulled into a rest area & messeged my dispatch to inform them im pulling over to rest for a hour..let me mention..i was swerving as if i was being pushed around by wind but i managed to fight it before pulling over. Lol be safe out there driver. get some rest. pull over if need be.
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  4. Slargtarg

    Slargtarg Light Load Member

    Apr 28, 2015
    I have hallucinated a few times while being extremely sleep deprived. One time a group of trees on the side of the road turned into a giant turtle that looked like it was about to cross the road. When I slammed on the breaks to avoid it, the fear and adrenaline snapped me out of my hallucinating and allowed me to continue on.

    Not proud that I allowed my self to get like that.
  5. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    New England area
    lol.....funny how some of us could just "go out" like that, but many of us did just that.....lol

    serioulsy though, better to be down on one knee in the garden or talking with someone with eyes open, then to be on the road when that "could have" happened.
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  6. Short nose pete

    Short nose pete Bobtail Member

    Jul 13, 2019
    When i was getting my cdl through old dominions driver program we did 7 days of class work with videos and bookwork also some short driving mostly backing stuff. I was at the time on the dock and the yard goat so i was better in reverse. But my first 2 weeks of actual driving with a trainer was doing p.m line haul from spokane to the dalles Oregon and back to spokane. So i went from working from 3:45 a.m to around 12:00 p.m to 7:00p.m to 7:00 a.m or whenever we were done. So internal clock already screwed up and on my second night of driving were on our way back i start getting the sleeps real bad like elephants crossing hwy in front of me my trainer checks with me everything ok need to pullover and swap there is no shame in saying your tired just say the word. I'm trying to be super driver second night and I'm struggling. So I'm about to throw in towel when this set of airplane lights become visable to my left side and there really low like 20 feet off of ground low and the plane goes cruising over top of us super low and i turn to steve and go #### that plane is really low and its 330 in morning thats no good. Steve goes hey buddy at this next off ramp pull over and lets switch. I said why i can make it he said that wasn't a plane that was a cattle hauler on the overpass. I said yep your turn.
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  7. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2011
    Just put a tire off the pavement and the gravel wakes you. You will be awake for like 3 days! Haha airplane lights.
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  8. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    It’s always nice when your equilibrium gets screwed up and while looking out a side window and you see a car drift forward you think it’s you moving backwards and you stomp the brake pedal.
  9. Intothesunset

    Intothesunset Road Train Member

    Apr 15, 2019
    This happens to me a lot. It's one of the thing that scare the hell outta me. Because my foot is on the brake before I see this.
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  10. Intothesunset

    Intothesunset Road Train Member

    Apr 15, 2019
    I used to drive untill o was so tired I rolled from my seat to the bunk, pass out, and wake up feeling lost as ####.
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